By Tyler Ruby on August 4, 2014
The PGA Championship returns to Vahalla Golf Club for the first time since Tiger Woods' memorable victory over Bob May in 2000. While Tiger may not be playing this week, there are plenty of young stars ready to leave their mark. Rory McIlroy may be the favorite entering this week, but Rickie Fowler will come away with his first major championship victory Sunday, and here are five reasons why.
Rickie Fowler may not have a win this year, but he has done everything but. He has finished inside the top 15 in each of his last four events, and he is inching closer and closer to another win. Fowler is watching is counterpart Rory McIlroy dominate the sport in Tiger Woods' absence, so maybe it's time for Fowler to throw his hat into the ring.
Rickie Fowler made a swing change late last year as he hired Butch Harmon as his swing coach, and it has made a world of difference. His accuracy with both the driver and irons have improved dramatically, which puts him in better position to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy.
With the exception of Rory McIlroy, there isn't one player on tour right now playing better than Rickie Fowler. He has certainly come into his own as a player and he is competing and battling down the stretch of tournaments rather than folding. He isn't afraid of the big stage, and I would expect a great showing from Rickie this week.
As I mentioned before, Rickie Fowler is having a tremendous year, but it is his performance in the major championships that are the most impressive. He has three top-five finishes in majors this year, including a runner-up finish in the U.S. Open and British Open.
Rickie Fowler was supposed to be the player who led the Americans into a new era, and although he is supremely talented, he only has one career win. He has come so close in the past, only to be outdone by tremendous performances from other golfers. As of late, the PGA Championship has been the tournament that's given players their first major, so why not Rickie?
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